Immigrant Stories – Sohan Koonar

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Meet Sohan Koonar, in our #ImmigrantStories series, aimed at informing and inspiring immigrants to arrive, settle and succeed in Canada.

A trained physiotherapist, Sohan Koonar had a lot of options when he wanted to leave India in the early 1970s. He had job offers from multiple countries, but the then-Canadian prime minister, Pierre Trudeau, really impressed him. “I came to Canada highly, 99 per cent influenced by Mr. Trudeau, My immigrant experience was extremely easy and inclusive,” he says.

More than 40 years later, he has had a career in physiotherapy, patented a medical device, and published his first novel. He said that Indians who immigrated to other Commonwealth countries at the time were wary of racism, but he didn’t figure that would be an issue in his new home. He urged new immigrants not to be wary of smaller cities, saying Maritimers are the friendliest people he’s ever met. The day after he arrived in Saint John, N.B. in 1973, completely on his own, he was already on the job at Saint John General Hospital.

He’s been married almost as long, to a Italian woman named Nadia. The two have three children — Sara, David and Michael, as well as two grandchildren. “We let them be your typical Canadian kids without having to live in two different worlds.” — Sohan Koonar His daughter, Sara, is glad for her mixed identity. She said she thinks it made her more open-minded. But while she grew up feeling both Sikh and Catholic, Italian and Indian, she says her parents were also eager to integrate. “I think my parents both really embraced Canadian culture,” she says. She grew up around her dad’s large, protective Indian family, who had all moved to Canada by the time she was five or six.
Sohan said raising children in Canada was different than in India — even next-door neighbours were often strangers. His worst fear was that his kids would get into drugs, but he thinks that having family around as well as embracing their friends kept them out of trouble.


Source Huffington Post

2 new immigration pilot programs launched for foreign caregivers

New pilot program for foreign caregivers has been launched to replace existing programs.Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen announced the launch of two new five-year initiatives that will allow caregivers to bring family members with them to Canada, and make it easier for them to become permanent residents.

“Caregivers provide care to families in Canada that need it, and it’s time for Canada to care for them in return,” Hussen said in a statement. “We are providing them with both the opportunity to bring their family members here and access (to) permanent residency to demonstrate our commitment.”

Under the new pilots:

• Applicants will be assessed for permanent residence eligibility before they start working in Canada. After they have a work permit and two years’ work experience, they can have a “direct pathway” to permanent residency.

• Caregivers will be granted occupation-specific work permits, allowing them to change jobs quickly when necessary.• Spouses and common-law partners will be allowed open work permits and dependent children will be allowed study permits so caregivers’ families can come with them to Canada.

A total of 5,500 principal applicants will be permitted annually, and family members will not count toward the cap.

In total as per Canada Immigration the following are 4 pathways available for Caregivers

1. Interim Pathway for Caregivers You can apply for the Interim Pathway for Caregivers if you:have at least 1 year of work experience as a home child provider or a home support workermeet minimum language and education requirementsApplications for the Interim Pathway for Caregivers for 3 months, from March 4 to June 4, 2019.We won’t accept applications received before March 4 or after June 4, 2019. 

2. Caring for Children Program You can apply through the Caring for Children class if you:have been working as a home child care provider in Canada for at least 2 yearsmeet minimum language and education requirementsThe Caring for Children Program is scheduled to end on November 29, 2019. To be eligible to apply, you’ll need to meet the requirements and submit your application before November 29, 2019.

3. Caring for People with High Medical Needs Program You can apply through the Caring for People with High Medical Needs class if you:have been working in Canada for at least 2 years as a:registered nurselicensed practical nursenurse aide or orderlyhome support workermeet minimum language and education requirementsThe Caring for People with High Medical Needs Program is scheduled to end on November 29, 2019. To be eligible to apply, you’ll need to meet the requirements and submit your application before November 29, 2019.

 4. Live-in Caregiver Program You can apply for permanent residence through the Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP) if you have at least 2 years of work experience in the program and:you’re already working in Canada with an LCP work permit, oryou were approved for your first LCP work permit based on a Labour Market Impact Assessment submitted to Employment and Social Development Canada on or before November 30.

If you have work experience in Canada as a caregiver but don’t qualify for any of the options above, you may be eligible to immigrate to Canada through a different program.

How to improve your Express Entry (CRS) score

Improving Express Entry Score

If you are planning to immigrate to Canada through the Express Entry program, your score in the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) is very important to ensure your eligibility. You are awarded points under CRS based on a number of factors including education, proficiency in the English and/or French language, age and work experience. Other factors that can significantly increase your score include Canadian degrees, diplomas, certificates, a valid job offer, and a nomination from a Canadian province or territory. The candidates ranked the highest, based on their scores, are sent Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for permanent residence in Canada.


Your chances of improving your CRS score depends on the following factors.

Language– One of the easiest ways to raise your CRS score is to focus on the language scores. You can also earn up to 24 points by appearing for a language test in French if your first language is English and vice versa

Education– Education can count for up to 230 CRS points and may be improved by obtaining additional credentials, for example completing another degree, or by obtaining additional Educational Credential Assessments (ECAs) for existing degrees. An ECA is required in order to obtain CRS points for education obtained outside of Canada.


Spouse/partner as a primary applicant – There may be some scenarios where Spouse or common-law partner might be a better Principal Applicant. If you have a spouse or common-law partner, it may be beneficial to compare your CRS scores as principal applicants.


Work experience- Obtaining additional work experience or better documenting current work experience may both help increase a candidate’s CRS score.


Secure an LMIA-approved job offer

Another way to increase your CRS score and get up to 600 points is to secure a job offer, recognized by the Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), from an employer in Canada. This will make a candidate from the Express Entry pool more eligible to receive an ITA.


Apply through a Provincial Nominee Program

If you are nominated by one of the Canadian provinces or territories under Canada’s PNP, you will receive up to 600 CRS points. This will increase your chances of getting an ITA. You can apply for a Provincial Nominee Program before or after you create your Express Entry profile




Outrage Builds Against ‘Discriminatory’ Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship Program

More than 100,000 people attempted to access Canada’s Parents and Grandparents sponsorship program form at noon on Jan. 28. The form opened and closed again within minutes, sparking a outrage on IRCC’s social media channels from frustrated users who said they were either unable to access the form or were in the process of completing a form but could not because the intake ended.


Just 11 minutes after the federal government opened up the online application process for Canadians to bring parents and grandparents to the country, the maximum number of application forms had been received, prompting Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to shut down the process, and generating frustrated comments from the sponsors.

The first hurdle was to successfully submit an “interest to sponsor” form, which would be added to a pile of 27,000 on a first-come, first-serve basis. Later, those 27,000 people would be vetted for eligibility and invited to apply for one of 20,000 spots available this year.

Ahmed Hussen, the minister responsible for IRCC, took to Twitter to respond to the outrage. In a lengthy thread, Hussen said the Liberal government is “committed to family reunification” and increased the number of PGP applications allowed from 5,000 under the previous government to 20,000. 



While IRCC regularly reviews its programs, policies and procedures to assess whether changes or improvements should be made, no formal review of the program is being done at this time.

A collective social media group was created under REPAIRPGP2019 protesting the current process. Several people took to social media and demonstrated their protest through peaceful assembly across Canada on Feb 18th based on the sponsor form being discriminatory and  raised many concerns about the fairness of access, as only those with reliable Internet access, quick typing skills and good understanding of English or French had a chance to succeed. These are not sponsorship criteria, and should not have been the deciding factors in the process said the group on Social Media channels.


Canada’s Most In-Demand Jobs In 2019

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Human resources firm Randstad Canada has released its list of the most in-demand jobs for 2019, which include positions at different levels across a variety of sector

In no particular order, here are Randstad Canada’s most in-demand jobs for 2019 in Canada.

Sales associate

Administrative assistant





General Labourer

Project manager

Account manager



Registered nurse

Electrical engineer

HR manager


The firm also released a list of top emerging jobs in Canada. In keeping with jobs trends over the past few years, many of them are in the tech sector.


Here are Randstad Canada’s top emerging jobs in Canada, in no particular order:

Blockchain developer

Automation engineer

AI researcher

Chief experience officer

Live chat agent

Dev/ops engineer

Environmental engineer

Cyber security specialist

Data scientist

3D architect

To come up with the lists, Randstad Canada’s business analysts reviewed data from clients and analyzed the roles posted in the previous 12 months.

Source Randstad, Huffington Post

Canada ranked #1 country in the world for Quality of Life

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According to a study, conducted by US News & World Report in partnership with Y&R’s BAVand Wharton,  80 countries’ overall rankings on the 20 best countries in 2019 were measured based “on 75 different metrics.

Each of those metrics was then placed into one of nine subcategories that included:

1. A good job market

2. Affordability

3. Economic stability

4. Family friendly

5. Income equality

6. Politically stable

7. Safety

8. Well-developed public health system

9. Well-developed public education system

The 2019 Best Countries report and rankings are based on how global perceptions define countries in terms of a number of qualitative characteristics, impressions that have the potential to drive trade, travel and investment and directly affect national economies.

According to the study, Canada placed number one for its political stability, strong job market, safe environment, and its good education system.

Source & PC: Daily Hive


How will Canada increase immigration to support Family Sponsorship Programs

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Family members of permanent residents or Canadian citizens represent the second biggest number of newcomers expected in Canada. To prevent a fiscal and economic collapse due to the aging population and low birth rate Canada, the targets for Family Reunification programs immigration has increased by 3%. That is around  88,500 for 2019 and 91,000 for 2020. This includes sponsoring spouses or common-law partners, dependent children, parents and grandparents and Super Visa.


With new and improved processes for Family Sponsorship,  basic requirements for you in order to sponsor your family include minimum household income limits to prove that you can support them financially when they arrive while being able to provide for your own needs as well. You also need to make sure that they won’t need any social assistance from the government when they are in Canada. 

CWC Immigration Solutions Inc brings over 15 years of experience serving prospective Canadian immigrants with ethical, timely and competent  representation for immigration and resettlement. In addition to our branches in branches in UAE and India,  our Canada operations have expanded in British Columbia and Ontario, with offices in Surrey,  Abbotsford and Brampton). Our global immigration consultants have helped over thousands of families, professionals and students successfully immigrate to Canada.

Find more information regarding Family sponsorship on our website and fill out the form here for a free immigration consultation. 

Saudi teen Rahaf Mohammed embraces Canadian life

Canadian Immigrant Stories

A Saudi teen who fled her allegedly “abusive” family and has been granted refugee status in Canada has been sharing images of her new life in Toronto. She hit the headlines after fleeing her family in Saudi Arabia and barricading herself in a hotel room in Thailand to avoid deportation. It is a world away from her previous life in Saudi Arabia and the week she spent in limbo after fleeing to Thailand, where she barricaded herself into a hotel room and used Twitter to alert the world to her situation. 

Rahaf Mohammed has told Canadian media she’ll work in support of women’s freedom around the world. Looking forward to her new life, Rahaf, said she wants to be independent, travel and make her own decisions on education, on a career and who she will marry.

Source Reuters, BBC

Canada extends multi-year immigration targets into 2021 with focus on Express Entry & Provincial Nomination Programs

The Government has set out a multi-year immigration levels plan that commits to welcoming more permanent residents to Canada over the next three years. In 2018, the Department expects to welcome between 290,000 and 330,000 new permanent residents (with a target of 310,000), which is the highest level in recent history. Moreover, this plan includes raising immigration levels to between 300,000 and 350,000 in 2019 (targeting 330,000), and between 310,000 and 360,000 in 2020 (targeting 340,000). 


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The changes were announced as part of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)’s report and is projected to welcome 1.3 million new permanent residents under the immigration plan’s targets. Source

Multi Level Immigration to Canada

Job Vacancies Increase in every Canadian province, led by Quebec, Ontario & British Columbia

Canadian businesses are having a historically hard time finding employees, and the good news for workers is that pay is likely headed up.

Canada had over 397,400 jobs sitting unfilled for four months or longer during 2018. The vast majority of those jobs — more than 326,000, or 82 per cent — were located in Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia. (The three provinces have about 76 per cent of Canada’s population.)

Statistics Canada says job vacancies in B.C. increased in 19 of 20 industrial sectors in the province, with vacancies concentrated in the province’s Lower Mainland-Southwest economic region, which includes Vancouver. Sales and service occupations, trades and equipment operators posted the largest increase in vacancies.

The Statistics Canada report showed job vacancies have increased year-on-year in each of the last eight quarters.

British Columbia, Ontario Immigration Job Vacancy

In the third and fourth quarter, the number of job vacancies was up in 7 of the 10 broad occupational categories on a year-over-year basis, led by trades, transport and equipment operators, and sales and service occupations. These occupational groups were also the two largest broad occupational categories in terms of vacancies. Over the same period, job vacancies in management occupations declined while they were little changed in business, finance and administration occupations and occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport.